Licensed aestheticians and massage therapists Kaitlyn and Sangria of Zen for Men ignore the myth that women alone long for pampering. The two unwind masculine muscles with Swedish and Esalen massage techniques, keep whiskers in check with professional barbering, and revamp rugged visages with facials. The interior crackles with charcoal-black accents set off against walls the bright red of the Kool-Aid Man realizing he ran through the wall of the wrong house. Beneath gold statuettes, potted orchids, and hanging art, crimson blankets drape across massage beds.
The licensed massage therapists at Lamorinda Reflexology & Wellness perform muscle-management services designed to alleviate tension and treat chronic pain. In addition to Swedish and deep-tissue massages, they specialize in foot reflexology and other holistic treatments that clear energy pathways throughout the body. To enhance visits, the center provides clients with tea to sip and gluten-free Oreos to juggle.
Before earning his doctorate and moving to Costa Rica with his wife to work in chiropractic clinics, Doctor of Chiropractic Beckman worked as a neuroscientist for the drug industry. In his bio he describes this career change as a 180, because he is now dedicated to helping people maintain their wellness rather than masking their pain with pharmaceutical drugs.
At his practice in Lafayette, Dr. Beckman uses chiropractic treatments to offer comprehensive healthcare to each of his clients with a specialty in family care and sports chiropractic. Therapies include active-release techniques to remove scar tissue from muscles, as well as physiotherapy exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles in problem areas. The staff also offers physical therapy and exercise training in its gym to strengthen the body and prevent further injuries. In addition, Dr. Beckman pairs with massage therapist Sandy Denzler to offer treatments that help the body repair itself, much like the treatments a car receives at a holistic mechanic.
Green Spa Massage puts bodies back into balance with rejuvenating back and foot massages. Within the spa's scented rooms offering an array of fragrances, Swedish or deep-tissue massages disentangle muscle knots and improve range of motion with deep kneads, gentle pressure, or smooth, gliding strokes. Meanwhile, their foot massages and reflexology treat aching feet and promote feelings of well-being.
Before she could treat other women’s bodily ailments, Taylor had to learn to care for her own. She was training as a dancer and learning to deal with the impact of both physical pain and mental stress on her body. She noted that massage had a remarkable ability to encourage her body's natural chemicals to reduce stress, improve mood, and even ease pain. Inspired to provide hands-on care to other women, she enrolled at the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork, training in Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy. Her specialty, however, quickly became prenatal and postpartum massage. Today, she regularly works with expectant and new moms, and can even attend labor, delivery, and stork flyovers. She exclusively works with women in her standard massages as well, and takes pride in a sense of intuition that helps her customize each massage to each customer.